StarWind Virtual SAN Review

With basic knowledge you can use the GUI from the node to create partitions then, creating volumes on the management console and manage it


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for physical to virtual environment migration, requiring a VSAN storage for a data center we had an old BLC 460 gen 6 blades with physical storage attached. If we had any issues with the hardware or operating system the downtime for production would be for hours, so we created a virtual data center with VMware vSphere and added 3 20TB storage on each host then created 3-node StarWind scenario being shared on all 3 hosts, and creating virtual machines on 3 hosts and now running on StarWind storage.

How has it helped my organization?

StarWind VSAN improved our organization as we had a project to migrate from a physical environment to a virtual environment using Vmware Vsphere 6.7 and we needed a secure VSAN storage to be able to share it over the virtual Datacenter and to be able to use the vSphere high availability feature as we needed storage visible overall host on our SITE, this way we have less downtime if one of the hosts fails and HA comes out as the VSAN storage from StarWind is our main storage where all Virtual Machines are running.

What is most valuable?

One of the best features on the management console is the way you can deploy the VSAN storage, with basic knowledge you can use the GUI from the node to create partitions then, creating volumes on the management console and manage it like, sync priority, or putting them on maintenance mode to be able to restart hosts.

PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there are no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.

What needs improvement?

  • Easy migration to ZFS system that is being presented on a new version of StarWind, migrations look complicated as this restructures the whole architecture on the raid level, but could be a good option just by having it and letting the user decide this new feature migration, as based on our experience with ZFS systems they work pretty fast and secure.
  • Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.

For how long have I used the solution?

For more than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Good stability as we have a mirrored storage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Pretty good impressions, especially the support.

How are customer service and technical support?

Fast response and great attention.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We migrated from HPE StoreVirtual.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward if you have RAID, array controllers, and network knowledge.

What about the implementation team?

We tried at first doing it ourselves, but I recommend letting the support team the VSAN installations as we missed some configurations that based on their experience we missed as beginners.

What was our ROI?

About $3500 USD every 3 years.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

its a good option compared with other vendors as licence is perpetual and wont charge every three years as HPE.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we used HPE StoreVirtual, we moved to StarWind to reduce costs. We tried VMware VSAN and the cost was too elevated for our requirements.

What other advice do I have?

By letting the support team do it next time, as based on their knowledge we have the correct configurations.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

8.0
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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